Gravity (2013) Review
Get out the road maps because those satnavs are useless now. Yeah that’s right Tim finally saw Gravity, about bloody time! Wanted to see this for ages but for various reasons had to wait nearly a month. The film is very powerful and is visually beautiful with equally impressive character development. The 3D is used in a way that is extremely rare in most films, It’s actually used. Gravity uses no gravity to actually for once justify 3D as a cinema format, stuff floating around and what have you. Other than the visuals the other great aspect is the character development from Sandra Bullock, seeing her survive the ordeal this story portrays is a fascinating character study. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.
“How about you Ryan, you have anybody down there, looking up in the sky waiting for you to come home?”
GRAVITY, directed by Oscar (R) nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar (R) winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone
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The story basically tells the tale of a very possible event involving astronauts being caught in a field of orbiting space debris. The chances of this happening for real is shockingly likely, in fact most researchers are shocked it hasn’t already happened, given the sheer amount debris that has accumulated in space over the past 50 years. Being based so closely to a real possible situation is what really gives this film presence as a thriller. It’s not aliens or asteroids it’s just a complete lack of safe ground to stand on. The characters in this are few but that is good because it allows the majority of the focus to land on one or two characters. Bullock and Clooney work really well together in this film as a kind of mentor to mentee relationship, really plans out near the end as well. Not sure how to talk about Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) without spoilers so for now I’ll just say she starts out one way and comes out a different way, like a good character should in these films.
Just look at that glorious trailer and tell me how the visuals look. Actually I don’t trust you so I’ll just say their great. We get many fascinating visuals styles in this film as well. The 3D actually works really well in this setting and gives more proof that the normally awful format will not be going anywhere anytime soon. The great mix of CGI plus practical is breath-taking, we see the earth like never before in a film, the sheer detail in the disasters is terrifying in its realistic appearance and ominous feeling you get when you see that space debris fly towards the astronauts in complete silence is just creepy. Love how with the mic now all you can hear in space is her screaming.
Walk away now if you haven’t seen this film. I think the people most scared of this film are NASA, China and anybody who owns satellites in space. They all get wiped out in epic ways but still imagine how much that would affect are lives down here. Clooney dies! Great scene and I nearly got tricked when that survival hallucination brought him back for one more scene. How Ryan actually survives and her ability to not give up even under condition now one has ever survived is really great to watch. Plus the music brilliantly matches the tone of the moment.
The best reviews I found would be these:
“For a film set entirely in space with its harsh, dangerous environment, this is not a cold film. It’s perhaps one of the most emotionally-gratifying film I’ve seen this year, and it also boasts a finale that makes you want to get up and cheer. A triumphant film through and through.” Flix Chatter. Full Review
“It’s a film that will certainly linger with you after you walk out of the theater. If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut, this is probably the closest you’ll get to that experience without leaving the ground.” Box Office Buzz. Full Review
“Amazing, stunning, striking, spectacular, gripping, masterful and intense, Gravity is a film not to be missed. There is so much more I want to say about this movie and feel my review inadequate. I have not had a movie keep me tuned in so much for its entirety like this in a long time…you just need to go see it for yourself and let Gravity pull you in!” The Focused Filmographer. Full Review
“Gravity is the kind of movie we wait for. We wait for movies like this while we sit through endless sequels and remakes because it’s all that’s usually on offer and because we forever live in the hope that one of them may actually be good. We suffer through these mediocre films because we’re sometimes given a pleasant surprise when one of them ends up being okay. And we sit through them because we know that sometimes, just sometimes, we’re rewarded with something like Gravity.” Cinema Parrot Disco. Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be the escape shuttle crashing to earth, it’s a really powerful moment with all the Chinese station crashing around it and music is great!